“RAIN,” BY W. SOMERSET MAUGHAN

Freud called it reaction-formation… An ego defense mechanism: Example, a person so irrationally and insanely against something, like sex, that it turns out that what that individual really wants is sex but is having a difficult time fulfilling his desire.

Put a missionary and his wife, a doctor and his wife, a prostitute, and a bunch of half naked natives on an island in the South Pacific and what do you get besides a wonderful, well written story, with great characters? You get a classic case of reaction-formation. “Rain” by W. Somerset Maughan is quite enjoyable, and could easily be read in one sitting, in probably less than two hours.51o2qq5e5gL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

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